My Great Aunt Joan introduced me to this wonderful and easy recipe a few years ago when she found out I grew grapes. It's simple, fast, and economical. Technically, I believe it's more of a juice cocktail- BUT it's got to be better than Kool-aid or soda.
This is one of the easiest canning items I put up and the children LOVE it! We get the whole family involved with picking, stemming, and measuring sugar. It's wonderful to spend an afternoon making a real treat!
Here are the items you will need:
- 1 cup washed and stemmed fresh ripe grapes per quart jar- I have used green and purple grapes from the garden before
- 1/2 to 1 cup sugar per quart jar
- boiling water
- sterilized quart jars and lids
- water bath canner
Here is what you do:
- Wash and stem the grapes. Put 1 cup in each sterilized hot quart jar.
- Add sugar you can use 1/2 cup to 1 cup per each quart.
- Fill the jars with boiling water, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Cap with canning lids. I like to carefully shake them to help mix the sugar and grapes.
- Process the quarts for 10-15 minutes in a boiling water bath.
- To serve, strain the grapes into a pitcher.
Any ideas on what I have planned for this evening?